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Grants to Minnesota Educational Programs to Develop the Healthcare Workforce

Health Professionals Clinical Training Expansion (HPCE) Grant Program


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Funding Source
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 11:59 PM Receipt CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota educational programs to develop the state's healthcare workforce. Funding is intended to provide health professionals with clinical training in new and existing programs. Funding is specifically intended to provide training in one of the following specialties: advanced practice registered nurses, dental therapists and advanced dental therapists, mental health professionals, pharmacists, and physician assistants.

Grants will support the establishment or expansion of clinical training for eligible health professional training programs. Clinical training is a required step for health professionals seeking licensure and opportunities to receive clinical training are limited. Providing opportunities to assist in funding clinical training programs will strengthen Minnesota’s healthcare workforce and increase access to primary care and mental health services in rural and underserved urban areas. This grant program funds activities associated with creating and implementing new clinical training programs and expanding existing clinical training programs in rural and underserved urban areas in Minnesota. 

Grant outcomes should include:

  • An increase in the number of clinical training opportunities for health professionals.
  • An increase in access to health care in rural and underserved urban communities in Minnesota.
  • Grant performance will be measured by the submission of quarterly progress reports that track activities as listed in the Project Work Plan

Other Competitive Priorities

  • Efficient operation of the training program once the grant project is completed.
  • The proposed project incorporates team-based primary care in rural and underserved urban communities

Eligible Projects and Expenses can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are programs that fulfill the following criteria:
1) Are located in Minnesota and train, or are proposing to train, students residing and working in Minnesota.
2) Plan to establish or expand clinical training for students in the following health professions:
a) Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: Must be accredited as a master's, doctoral, or postgraduate level advanced practice registered nurse program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, or by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or is a candidate for accreditation.
b) Dental Therapists and Advanced Dental Therapists: Must be approved by the Board of Dentistry, or currently accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
c) Mental Health Professional Program: Must be accredited by one of the governing mental health boards: clinical social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, or licensed professional clinical counseling, or is a candidate for accreditation.
d) Mental Health Professionals: Defined as an individual providing clinical services in the treatment of mental illness who meets one of the qualifications under Sec. 245I.04 MN Statutes.
e) Pharmacy Program: Must be accredited as a Doctor of Pharmacy program by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education.
f) Physician Assistant Program: Must be accredited as a physician assistant program by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant or is a candidate for accreditation.
3) Applicants must be able to demonstrate applicable membership and compliance with the corresponding accrediting bodies.

For additional information, see:

Pre-Application Information
Project Dates
- RFP Published: August 4, 2023
- Informational Webinar: August 14, 2023
- Application due to MDH: September 18, 2023, 11:59 PM
- Grant distribution announcement (estimated): October 30, 2023
- Grant Agreements begin (estimated): January 1, 2024

There is no match requirement for this grant.

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by email or phone to the contact, below. Please submit questions no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST), on September 11, 2023.

Consultation regarding completing the online application process is available upon request. MDH will provide forms and templates for invoices and progress reports. MDH is also available to provide technical assistance for grantees.

Per State Policy on Grant Payments, reimbursement is the method for making grant payments. All grantee requests for reimbursement must correspond to the approved grant budget. Grant payments shall not be made on grants with past-due progress reports unless MDH has given the grantee a written extension.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Estimated Number of Awards: 3-5

Estimated Size of Grant
Distribution of Funding
- Eligible clinical training programs may receive up to $75,000 for planning projects.
- Eligible clinical training programs that wish to expand may receive $150,000 for the first year, $100,000 for the second year, and $50,000 for the third year per program, not to exceed $300,000 over a three-year period.

Term of Contract
Grants may be awarded for up to three years.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For more information please contact:

Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164–0882

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